GOAL GLUT CONTINUES FOR ORIENT
HERE’S no stopping the goal machine that is Leyton Orient early on in the season as they made it 11 from their first three games with a second-half blitz that bamboozled visiting Shrewsbury Town.
A double from David Mooney in the 57th and then 63rd minute saw off the ineffective Shrews, before Moses Odubajo’s 40-yard run and finish in stoppage time put the icing on the cake for the O’s.
Orient manager Russell Slade said: “I always think the third game of the season is hard for both sides, there were a lot of players who didn’t look on top of their game.
“But I thought we started the game really well but we didn’t get the goal we needed in the first-half. Shrewsbury grew into the game and made it difficult.
“It was your typical League One game, a war of attrition, and it was difficult to break them down, but we got the first goal and that was key.
“All my forwards seem to be getting into the right places at the right time, at the moment, and what a goal to finish the game off from Moses, it was incredible.”
Mooney made amends for heading over Odubajo’s cross from two yards on 54 when he found the net three minutes later.
Right-back Scott Cuthbert was a constant menace on his flank and put in a cross that was headed in at the far post by Mooney.
Less than a minute later, Shrews were lucky not to be another goal down when Connor Goldson kicked
Mooney 57, 63, Odubajo 90 off the line and they did go 2-0 up on 63.
Cuthbert’s long throw was headed on by Kevin Lisbie, with goalkeeper Chris Weale and Darren Jones letting the ball slip through them and into the path of Mooney, who stooped low and headed in. Cox blazed over and Odubajo hit the post with four minutes to go, bringing down a cross from the former but his fierce shot cannoned back off the woodwork.
But Odubajo got the goal his display warranted as Orient made it 3-0 in stoppage time, carrying the ball 40 yards through lunges from Weale and Jones before slotting into the far corner.
Shrews had fended off the Orient attack in the first-half, Paul Parry even going close to an opener twice, and boss Graham Turner felt his side were beaten because they didn’t stick to the game-plan.
He said:“We have come to a place that is very buoyant and we knew what to expect, it was always going to be a hard and physical game.
“We knew they were very direct and a threat from set-plays and, for 45 minutes, we dealt with that.
“Sides who score the first goal rarely lose and it was a pivotal point in the game, we stopped playing after that.We got caught from two set plays for the first two goals. “And I would like to think 3-0 is not a fair reflection of the game.”
LEYTON ORIENT (4-4-2): Jones 5, Cuthbert 6, Baudry 5, Clarke 5, Omozusi 4, Odubajo 8, Vincelot 5, James 5 (Bartley 76 5), Cox 7 (Lasimant 88 5), Lisbie 7 (Batt 66 5), Mooney 8. Subs not used: Larkins, Lee, Sawyer, Gorman.
SHREWSBURY TOWN (4-4-2): Weale 5, Goldson 5, Jones 5, Mkandawire 5, Jacobson 5, Taylor 5, Summerfield 5 (McAllister 76 5), Wildig 5, Parry 6, Bradshaw 5, Burke 5. Subs not used: Anyon, McQuade, Woods, Smith.
HAPPY CHAPS: David Mooney, right, of Orient celebrates his first goal with Dean Cox
TUSSLE: Scott Cuthbert, left, and Jon Taylor clash